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Steven Song

Steven Song

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Steven Song is the principal of Steven Song Design Lab (SSDL).

Prior to founding SSDL. Steven has practiced with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Arquitectonica, MADA s.p.a.m., Urban Design Associates, and Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.

In the academia, he has collaborated with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown on "Shifting Paradigms : Renovating the Decorated Shed," an essay which adapts their earlier thesis to address the changing conditions that young architects today will face. His latest essay "Architecture in the Givenness : Toward the Difficult Whole Again" is about principles in architecture that persevere: the orientation toward the truth in architecture is toward an understanding of what it means to be in the world, in harmony, with others. The essay suggests that our version of the ‘difficoltà’ is the participation in the dialogue of the open society through the difficult, inclusive composition of ‘being here, therefore everywhere’ rather than the easy unity through exclusion.

Steven's almae matres studiorum are University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Steven's Featured Articles on Archinect

Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 2, Tue, Apr 26 '11

Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto. Adolf Loos, “Grundsätzliches von Adolf Loos,” Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17. In our world of powerful stimuli and ...

Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 2
 

Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 1, Fri, Apr 8 '11

Our education is based upon the Classical education. An architect is a mason who has learned Latin. Modern architects seem, however, more likely to have mastered Esperanto. Adolf Loos, “Grundsätzliches von Adolf Loos,” Adolf Loos (Vienna: 1930), p. 17. In our world of powerful ...

Architecture in the Givenness - Toward the Difficult Whole Again: Part 1
 

Learning from “Learning-from”i - On Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and the Recent Yale Symposium on their Works and Writings, Mon, Feb 22 '10

Steven Song is a young architect currently practicing in New York City. He has worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Arquitectonica, Urban Design Associates, and Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. In addition to the involvement with these offices, Steven is practicing his ideas through ...

Learning from “Learning-from”i - On Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and the Recent Yale Symposium on their Works and Writings
 

Shifting Paradigms Part 1 | Renovating the Decorated Shed, Thu, May 15 '08

Steven Song is a young architect in NYC who has written an article named "Shifting Paradigms: Renovating the Decorated Shed." It explores theories discussed in Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's latest book, Architecture as Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time , which revisits the dual ...

Shifting Paradigms Part 1 | Renovating the Decorated Shed
 

Employment 

Steven Song Design Lab, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal

Jan 2011 - current
 

Areas of Specialization 



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